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Visual Arts – Art Education

Our Art Education programs are driven by new approaches to art and education and innovative ways to work, create and respond to today’s social and cultural art educational challenges.

We are dedicated to the development of leaders in P-12 schools. Through four distinct program options, both undergraduate and graduate students develop knowledge, skills and dispositions across disciplines and methodologies that enhance their leadership capacities, local and global understandings, and professional artistic practices to address authentic challenges in 21st century aesthetic, social and relational living.

Pursue one of the following options in art education:
  1. Visual Arts Major with a concentration in Art Education with Teacher Certification (P-12) – BA
  2. Visual Arts Major with Teacher Certification in Art (P-12) & Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification Education – combine BA/MAT

Visual Arts Major with a concentration in Art Education with Teacher Certification (P-12) – BA

A professional-degree option within Montclair State’s Teacher Education program, this concentration qualifies students for the initial certificate to teach art in grades P-12 in New Jersey’s public and private schools, as well as elsewhere in the country. The certificate also qualifies you to teach in settings that include museums, cultural centers and community organizations.

After completing foundation art and design courses and fulfilling the university’s general education requirements, you must apply to, and be accepted by, Montclair State University’s Center of Pedagogy. Successful candidates then pursue intensive coursework in education and hands-on student teaching experiences.  A total of 129-147 credits is required to graduate in this major. Click the links below to learn more:

Visual Arts/MAT with Teacher Certification in Art (Preschool- Grade 12) & Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification (Preschool-Grade 12) – Combined BA/MAT           

This combined BA and MAT program prepares students to become art teachers as they earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree within a condensed timeframe. The program focuses on the critical study of best practices in art education and teaching students in P-12 school settings. You will complete rigorous coursework in pre-professional undergraduate art and education courses, followed by professional level graduate courses, clinical experience and student teaching. This program confers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, with graduates eligible for a dual New Jersey initial teacher certificate in P-12 Art Education and certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities.

A total of 127-151 credits of coursework is required to graduate in this major.  Click the links below to learn more:

Our Faculty

More than 28 full-time faculty members and 90 adjuncts and visiting professionals, including renowned guest artists and art critics, mentor Art and Design students each semester. They foster students’ development as artists while providing invaluable insights into arts-related professions. In addition to studying with Art and Design faculty, Art Education students are mentored by professors in the College of Education and Human Services.

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About Studio Facilities

The Department of Art and Design occupies several on-campus buildings, which house fully equipped studios for all art areas. Outside of the department, Art Education majors take education classes in University Hall, Montclair State’s largest and recently constructed academic facility.

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About Student Work

Students in all programs, including Art Education, create work using a rich variety of media and studio techniques. Student work is exhibited in our on-campus galleries.

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Career and Professional Resources

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Montclair State University’s Art and Design programs are among the region’s most competitive and meet the rigorous standards of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD). Our FAED and FABM Art Education concentrations are accredited by both NASAD and by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE).
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Contact Head of Concentration in Art Education: Dr. Dorothy Heard